Guides

Jasmyne Chandler

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Lead Guide and Founder

Jasmyne is a Certified Professional Coach, trained in the Whole Person Coaching method, through ICF accredited Coach Training World. She currently works at Empower Coaching and Training as a Life Coach for youth and adults as well as facilitating soft skills workshops for youth. She brings over 13 years’ experience as an educator and advisor in both High School and College settings where she has taught and advised youth and adults. Previous to her work with Empower, she spent 10 years serving as an Instructor and Advisor for the Adult Basic Skills/GED program at Rogue Community College where she assisted students in moving forward on their educational pathways, moving past barriers, and achieving their goals. Prior to that she worked for 3 years as a Dance Instructor and Dance Team Coach at Florence High School in Arizona. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education and has been trained as a Council facilitator. She has been a volunteer mentor with Rogue Valley Mentoring assisting with circle facilitation at the Middle School level as well as helping to facilitate restorative justice circles for teen girls exiting the VAYA (Victim Assistance Youth Accountability) program. She found her love for Earth-based ritual when she embarked on her first rites of passage journey at the age of 19. The 10 day trip she took into the Steens Mountains of Eastern Oregon forever changed the trajectory of her life in such a positive way, that this work has followed her to the present day. For the last two decades, she has participated in Earth-based ceremonies and rituals, as well as assisted and apprenticed on several wilderness vision fast trips. She founded Guided Passages in order to meet the need of youth in our Valley and beyond, who are in need of mentorship, support, heartfelt connection, and someone who believes in their true potential.







Celina Weeg

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Guide


Celina has been working with young people in the communities she lives in since 2014. She got her start while serving as a mentor with Oregon Stewardship, a nonprofit that emphasizes environmental education, teamwork, and service to the community and local ecosystems. While assisting with riparian restoration and trail building with students from several different high schools in southern Oregon, Celina decided to follow a path in education. She received a Master of Arts in Teaching at Southern Oregon University, and went on to teach middle school science in Eureka, CA for two years. Alongside learning science concepts, making connections with students and giving them the space to feel safe to express themselves became a goal, and Celina was able to introduce council style circles to her students. During these circles, she witnessed many students sharing thoughts and stories for the first time in her classroom, and was delighted and reminded of the importance of these spaces. She has continued learning about circles in schools while volunteering as a co-facilitator with Rogue Valley Mentoring this school year. Celina works as the Programs Leader for Direct Involvement Recreation Teaching, or D.I.R.T., a nonprofit that provides opportunities for the community to participate in hands-on learning and recreational activities outdoors. Connecting with others and with nature have long been important parts of Celina’s life, and she looks forward to this work with Guided Passages.

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Somer Shook

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Guide

For more than 15 years, Somer’s work centered around wilderness expeditions and adventures, guiding and mentoring teens in Alaska, Arizona, Montana, and California: an array of wild places that offer doorways into deeply knowing one’s heart and soul. During this time of living more in sync with the natural rhythms, she became a mother, leading her to delve into her inner landscape in new and different ways. Somer holds a Masters’ Degree in Psychology and spent several years employed as a social worker, assisting families within the foster system. She is a former volunteer and circle facilitator with Restorative Resources, a non-profit diversion program that addresses non-violent crimes in a community context, with the aim of repairing relationships while taking accountability for the crime committed. She has led dream groups for teens and young adults, and attended the California School of Herbal Studies, where she studied the various body systems and learned to make herbal remedies to share with family and friends. Over the years she began to incorporate mindfulness practices into her daily life, which can assist with stress management and overall wellbeing. There is growing acknowledgement around the interconnectedness of all life and the ways in which our very thoughts can effect our personal health and the health of the relationships we engage in. Working with teens holds a special place in Somer’s heart, knowing how much she would have benefitted from having strong role models in her life at that time. There are so many internal and external changes occurring in the tween and teen years; an extended community to rely upon is incredibly valuable and affirming, as is understanding that the path each of us are on can take many twists and turns along the way. She looks forward to connecting with the young people in Ashland, sharing stories and learning together.



Eleyah Knight

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Guide


Eleyah has been providing Chinese medicine services for families in Ashland for over 5 years. She is a mom of 2 creative and humorous kids who are 13 and 11 years old.

Her passion for treating kids and teens with nature-based medicine has led her to Guided Passages to be a supportive mentor for the holistic well-being of teens.

She has taught Chinese medicine and self-care techniques in various settings to kids from elementary to high school ages.

Witnessing the relief, relaxation, and empowerment that kids obtain from learning about and experiencing natural medicine modalities is what sparks her drive for sharing the medicine with as much of the world as possible.